Oregon on top (again) as Oregon state soars, USC plunges – East Bay Times
The powers are entirely based on the dashboard, except when they are not …
1. Oregon (4-0 / 1-0)Last week: 1Results: Defeat Arizona 41-19Next : at Stanford (12:30 p.m., ABC)Line: Oregon -8Comment: A sure sign of trouble: When you’ve got a differential of more than five and you’re struggling to take out a bad team. Yes, it does, but the Ducks need to switch from snooze to hired this week.
2. UCLA (3-1 / 1-0)Last week: 2Results: Won at Stanford 35-24Next : vs. Arizona State (7:30 p.m., FS1)Line: UCLA -3.5Comment: October is the decisive month for UCLA with the Sun Devils first, followed by Washington (road), Oregon (home) and Utah (road) in the second half. Meanwhile, November is shaping up to be disappointing with Colorado, California and USC. (Seriously not serious.)
3. State of Oregon (3-1 / 1-0)Last week: 6Results: Won at USC 45-27Next : vs. Washington (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Oregon State +4Comment: Coming home with a huge win and facing an unranked and unimpressive opponent they should beat, the Beavers need to guard against a disappointment this weekend. (I am not kidding.)
4. Arizona State (3-1 / 1-0)Last week: 3Results: Defeat Colorado 35-13Next : at UCLA (7:30 p.m., FS1)Line: USS +3.5Comment: A month late and the Sun Devils remain the toughest assessment of the conference. Three decisive home victories against completely overwhelmed opponents and one defeat on the road against the only enemy who resisted.
5. Stanford (2-2 / 1-1)Last week: 4Results: Lost to UCLA 35-24Next : vs. Oregon (12:30 p.m., ABC)Line: Stanford +8Comment: On the one hand, the Cardinal was playing with an exhausted squad on Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, the game was only competitive for 10 of the 60 minutes. And on the third hand, Vanderbilt lost 62-0 to Georgia, USC was spanked at home by Oregon State and Kansas State was crushed by Oklahoma State. .
6. Utah (2-2 / 1-0)Last week: 8Results: Defeat Washington State 24-13Next : InactiveLine: N / AComment: Our thoughts are with the Utes – not only the football program, but the entire sports department, which has faced three tragedies in the past three years (Lauren McCluskey, Ty Jordan and now Aaron Lowe.)
7. Washington (2-2 / 1-0)Last week: 9Results: Defeat Cal 31-24 (OT)Next : in the state of Oregon (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Washington -4Comment: Any anguished UW fan should definitely celebrate the victory… for about 48 hours. Then they should start to panic over the six second-half practices that produced 108 yards and three runs.
8. USC (2-2 / 1-2)Last week: 5Results: Lost to Oregon State 45-27Next : in Colorado (11am, Pac-12 Networks)Line: USC -6Comment: Of course, Todd Orlando’s defense gave up 87 points in the two resounding losses. But shouldn’t there be more scrutiny on the offense of Graham Harrell, who has only scored 30 points under normal circumstances? Whichever version of the air raid they use, it doesn’t work very well.
9. Cal (1-3 / 1-0)Last week: 7Results: Lost in Washington 31-24 (OT)Next : vs. Washington State (2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Cal -7Comment: Given the divergent trajectories of attack and defense, Justin Wilcox’s Bears will look like Sonny Dykes Bears two or three years from now.
10. Washington State (1-3 / 0-2)Last week: tenResults: Lost in Utah 24-13Next : at Cal (2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Washington State +7Comment: Combine the quarterback’s volatile situation (largely due to injury) with the schedule ahead and it’s hard to identify more than two or three winnable games for the Cougars. And then, if you are the administration, what do you do?
11. Colorado (1-3 / 0-1)Last week: 11Results: Lost to Arizona State 35-13Next : vs USC (11 a.m., Pac-12 networks)Line: Colorado +6Comment: Could this be the year CU finally beats the Trojans? It will require a mix of the reasonable (a performance inspired by the defense) and the improbable (big plays by the offense). But if there has been a time and a place, maybe this is it.
12. Arizona (0-4 / 0-1)Last week: 12Results: Lost in Oregon 41-19Next : InactiveLine: N / AComment: His total interception at Eugene makes no sense. Jordan McCloud is the only quarterback on the roster capable of ending the losing streak.
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